Kansas' first state park is known for its beautiful scenery including Dakota sandstone bluffs, caves and crevices of the Horsethief Canyon, beaches, and more. The park is split into two areas on the north and south sides of the dam.
A marina, picnic areas, full-service campsites, volleyball courts, and soft-ball diamonds make the area a favorite recreation spot.
The canyon offers 26 miles of trails for hikers, horseback riders, and bicyclists. Anglers and hunters are pleased with the 3500 acre lake and the 12,500 acre Corps of Engineers wildlife area.
Toward the northwest portion of the wildlife area lies Farris Caves, which were carved by early pioneers and served as a milkhouse, school house, and living quarters.